Author:
Erica
Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Elementary
Tags:
6th Grade Science, Eclipse, Lesson Plan, Moon, Seed6, Solar System, Sun
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Text/HTML

Education Standards

Eclipse Models

Eclipse Models

Overview

Students will learn about interactions between objects in the solar system that influence phenomena observed from Earth. This includes both solar and lunar eclipses. They will develop and use a model of the Sun-Earth-Moon system to describe the eclipses of the Sun and Moon.

 

Summary

Students will learn about interactions between objects in the solar system that influence phenomena observed from Earth. This includes both solar and lunar eclipses. They will develop and use a model of the Sun-Earth-Moon system to describe the eclipses of the Sun and Moon.

The project will be completed over 2-3 40 minute sessions. Most of it would need to be done in face to face instruction and designing time.

 

Background for Teachers

To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding solar and lunar eclipses. 

  • This video contains some basic information on this topic (it is also included in the lesson plan used to teach it to the students)
  • Using Utah's Online Library these topics can be researched more fully in World Book online 
    • Eclipse
    • Total Solar Eclipse
    • Partial Eclipse
    • Penumbra
    • Sun's Corona

 

Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Learning Intentions:

  • They will compare lunar eclipses and solar eclipses and be able to define and explain the difference
  • They will design and create a model to demonstrate both types of eclipse using a flashlight and two ozobots.

Success Criteria:

  • Students will show that they have learned the desired information by being able to explain each
  • Students will test and redesign their model until it succesfully works

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

 

Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of using the Chromebook. They will need to be able to log on to World Book Online to be able to read the assigned article. They will also need to be able to use the Ozobots with basic line drawing.

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Students who need additional assistance will be grouped with students of higher abilities. The teacher will also be circulating to assist those students who have additional needs

Step 3 - Instruction

The teacher will introduce the topic with this video.

The students will be asked to discuss with their partner or small group what they know about eclipses based on their prior knowledge and what was briefly included in the first video.

The lesson will then be continued using this slide show. Eclipse Slide Show

When watching the video point out that the "upcoming" eclipses are actually from the past. The upcoming eclipses can be found here. Help the students determine which (if any) of the upcoming eclipses will be visible in your location.

Using Chromebooks have students read this article on WorldBook online. Note: they can also have it read to them by clicking the button.

Review where each "piece" of the eclipse is located on both a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse. Have students model where the sun, earth, and moon would be in realation to each other. 

In assigned groups of 2-3, will receive 2 Ozobots to represent the Earth and the Moon. They will also receive one flashlight to represent the Sun. They will be challenged to create both a lunar eclipse and a solar sclipse.

 

Step 4 - Assessments

Assessment for this lesson will be whether the students can set up a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse model. Each student in the group will explain what each piece represents and when there is an eclipse happening in their model. They will also be graded on how well they collaborated and worked as a group.